Back when I visited Bali in April, I sought for accommodations that would rightfully match the beauty of the island — it is called as the ‘Island of the Gods‘ after all! And well… my search was actually difficult because there were a lot of dreamy accommodations speckled across this destination. However, I’ve come to discover that when it comes to affordable luxury in a boutique villa resort, picking a staycation can be a very easy task since I’ve discovered a prime choice nestled within the hills of Uluwatu: Hidden Hills Villas!
Though my stay here has been brief as I hopped from one location to the next within Bali, it was an experience that already gave me an ethereal feel of ‘paradise’
– THE RESORT –
“Brings the World Together”. With its 6 uniquely-designed villas, I have felt as if Hidden Hills Villas can become a worldwide endeavor in itself — there were various influences from Greece, China, Morocco, Indonesia, and more! In fact, I might just make it my goal to experience each and every themed villa that they have.
With a Prime Location. Hidden Hills Villas is at a safe distance from the noise of the touristy center. Nevertheless, it is easily reached from the airport and easily accessible to to the famed Uluwatu temple. If you’re up for surfing, the great spots are just a stone’s throw away too! And as you wake up in the morning and welcome the night, picturesque sunrise and sunset views will great you wonderfully given how all of the resort’s 6 villas are facing the open sea.
A Passionate Project. The resort’s founders are a mother and son duo, Beatrice and Max Loong, and their combined effort was truly magical because I have seen for myself that all of the villas’ designs and materials were seemingly hand-picked and thought over carefully. Add the fact that the kind of hospitality offered by the staff was phenomenal — I say this due to the service that I’ve experienced from their butlers during the course of my stay.
Affordable Luxury. Your own villa, with customized butler service, large private pool, garden, living room, kitchen area, dining area, and spectacular 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean and the mountains beyond for a price that starts at around $300? I don’t know about you, but for me that’s already a great deal in exchange for such lavish amenities and services!
– THE VILLAS –
The resort’s curated villas are more than just ‘a place that you sleep and stay in‘… because as soon as you spend your 1st day in a villa of Hidden Hills Villas, it will instantly become a memorable and luxurious ‘home away from home’.
Now as I’ve already mentioned, there are over 6 villas here and I stayed in one that was Balinese-themed called as Villa Sekapa. This had 2 bedrooms (one for me and one for my photographer) and each were equipped with flatscreen TV’s, king-sized beds, a clear view of Bali’s horizon, and an ensuite semi indoor-outdoor bathroom with big bathtubs.
Smacked in the middle is a spacious living room, dining room, and kitchenette; and of course, once I step out, our own private infinity pool would greet us complete with ample couches and lounges under the sun.
For the other themed villas, they are…
A Javanese-styled studio bedroom that doubles as a bedroom and a yoga-slash-spa pavilion.
As the name implies, it’s Greek or Mediterranean-themed with its iconic white-washed walls accentuated by bluish elements. (1 bedroom)
This one is Moroccan or Persian-themed and its highlight is its 90-degree angled garden front which could be perfect for a romantic sunset dinner. (1 bedroom)
Chinese or Asian-themed, it has an added water feature in the living room area and it is also in accord with Feng Shui. (2 bedroom)
This is the largest in Hidden Hills Villas and it is Balinese or Modern-themed. It has a fully functional spacious kitchen as well as downstairs staff quarters for guests who are bringing along their nanny, personal chef, assistant, etc. (3 bedroom)
NOTE: All villas have Therapedic mattresses, 400 thread count pure cotton sateen sheets, Nespresso machines, UE Megaboom wireless speakers, and Samsung LED Flatscreen Smart TVs among many others.
– AMENITIES –
Spa. Hidden Hills Villas offer relaxing massages that can be done either in your own villa or in the studio bedroom (Joglo). Rest assured, all their therapists are internationally trained so that you can avail the ultimate rejuvenation that you’re seeking for.
Private Tours. As long as you make prior arrangements, the staff can assist you in coming up with tours so that you can get the most out of Bali during your stay. One of the things that you shouldn’t miss out on would be the sunset view at Uluwatu Temple. It will be absolutely breathtaking!
– DINING –
When you book into Hidden Hills Villas, breakfast is already included in the rate and it will be served in your villa everyday. You simply have to fill out the breakfast form a day before so that they can prepare it in advance for you. (Sure enough, you should not miss out on the classic Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng.)
Lunch and dinner is also served for an additional fee and all of these are prepared by Chef Putra — a person who could really whip up delicious dishes!
NOTE: You could request to have a BBQ right in the comfort of your villa too, or even arrange a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one.
– SERVICE –
From the moment I checked-in, up until the moment I checked-out, Hidden Hills Villas’ staff and butlers were very attentive to my needs.
My arrival to Uluwatu was actually a lot earlier than what I expected so I arrived at the resort waaaay before the check-in time; nevertheless, the concierge said that it wasn’t a problem and they were more than gracious to accept us in. But since our villa was still not properly prepared, they told us that we had to wait — which we totally didn’t mind because they made us stay briefly at the charming Joglo villa!
As for the rest of our stay, a butler was always at our beck and call and they remained to be friendly, approachable, and warm. They were also always on time since our breakfast was typically prepared hot and fresh on-the-dot or at the time that we requested… aaah, it was surely an amazing week that left me wonderfully pampered!
– INFO –
Address: Jln. Labuan Sait, Gang Puncak Sekapa II, Pecatu – Kuta Selatan 80361, Badung – Bali, Indonesia
Hotel Classification: 5-Star
Check-In: 2:00PM / Check-Out: 12:00PM
Disclaimer: Thanks to Hidden Hills Villas for hosting me; but as always, all thoughts that are expressed in this article are fully my own.
Hidden Hills Villas was everything I expected it to be — and more! Plus, it’s absolutely apparent how the founders have put great attention to every detail in the resort in order to give their guests the most lavish experience possible right in the heart of Bali.
So if someone were to ask me about the best luxurious place that they could stay in in Uluwatu area without breaking the bank, I would truly recommend Hidden Hills Villas to them in a heartbeat!
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